Basement Fire Places
When finishing basements we are often asked to install fireplaces... our customers are concerned that their newly finished living space will not be warm enough to achieve the comfort level they want.

When finishing basements we are often asked to install fireplaces. The main reason is that our customers are concerned that their newly finished living space will not be warm enough to achieve the comfort level they want. This is a legitimate concern. The main reason why this is true is that most new houses are heated with forced air gas furnaces and that these heating systems do not provide enough heat in basements. We often find that there are not enough heating supply vents installed in basements and that most of these vents are installed in the ceiling area between the main floor framing joists. When warm air is pushed out through these vents, the heat rises and without additional air movement and will dissipate upwards towards the main floor of the house, up the staircase, etc. The heat that is pumped into the basement is rarely enough and is rarely evenly distributed.

The most common question we hear is, “Should we install a gas or electric fireplace?” Here are the pros and cons of each type:

Gas fireplaces cost about $5,000.00 installed not including mantle, hearth or surround. This is assuming that the installation is being done in an unfinished basement where it is easy to run a gas supply line and venting pipe. Most will generate a huge amount of heat very quickly and are typically more powerful than what most basements require. The biggest challenge is exhaust venting. The maximum length of a vent pipe by construction code is less than 15′, usually around 10′. This can restrict a gas fireplace from being installed on some walls. Although the venting distance can be extended using a power vent system, we generally do not recommend this due to the noise of the power vent.

Electric Fireplaces cost about $1,200.00 installed not including mantle, hearth or surround. This is assuming that the installation is being done in an unfinished basement where it is easy to run a separate electrical circuit from the house electric panel to the fireplace.

Electric fireplaces do not generate as much heat as a gas fireplace and will take longer to heat the desired space. They also cost more to operate than a gas fireplace. The advantage is that they are cheaper and can be installed anywhere because they do not require any exhaust venting.

Two common features that we strongly recommend are to make sure that your fireplace has a fan in it and also that your fireplace has an external wall-mounted thermostat connected to it to monitor and control the temperature setting of the fireplace.

We also offer custom finishing for mantels, hearths and surrounds in any combination of drywall, wood, stone veneer or tile.

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Anne-Marie M
20:06 09 Aug 20
The popcorn ceiling removal and painting far exceeded even my highest expectations. The result is flawless and adds... height and a modern , clean feel to my home. The crew from Mintcon prepped and cleaned up with respect for my home and my allergies and were a pleasure to deal with. Thank you Scott, Mo and Mike for transforming my home and adding beauty and value!!! I just can't believe it's the same house! Amazing!!read more
Linda Haldenby
Linda Haldenby
13:18 08 Jul 20
I was extremely pleased with Mintcon’s recent renovation of my basement. I provided some inspiration photos and the end... result was very consistent with my expectations. My vision included a feature wall with linear fireplace and mantel, shelves on both sides of the fireplace, and a dog niche under the stairs. In addition, a 2 piece bathroom was constructed. Scott and his team were professional and took good care to minimize dust and debris by using dust extractors on their power tools. Scott communicated continually throughout the process to keep me informed of their timing, supply chain challenges and any issues that arose. I would definitely recommend Mint-con and would not hesitate to recommend them or use them again.read more
Steven and Nancy Thurston.
Steven and Nancy Thurston.
17:12 05 Jul 20
I want to thank the Mintcon team ( Scott, George, Rene and Mo) for the wonderful job on planning and completing our... finished basement. Scott ensured we were always well informed at every stage of the process and that we were pleased with how things were progressing. The quality of the workmanship is excellent and at the end of each day everything was cleaned and ready for the next day of work.We definitely recommend the Mintcon team to anyone looking to have quality work and renovations done in their homes.read more
Jay MacLaurin
Jay MacLaurin
09:50 17 May 20
The communication was excellent. There are always unexpected situations that arise and that’s where the communication... was so helpful. Not necessarily the lowest cost but the quality of workmanship provided value. I would recommend Mintcon to anyone looking to start a remodeling project.read more
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VL B
17:36 16 Feb 20
I contracted Scott (Mintcon) to take care of installing some fixtures in my new home which entailed some challenging... heights, as well as electrical, drywall and painting work. Scott and his team did an excellent job on all of the work and they were meticulous in their attention to detail. They ensured I was completely satisfied and kept my home clean and organized throughout the duration of the work. They are very customer-service oriented, pleasant and professional. I have recommended Scott to other friends already and will contract him again in the future for any additional work I require.read more
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